Zim Govt Introduces Electronic Passport (E-Passport)
The Zimbabwean Government has announced the introduction of the electronic passport (e-passport) and given current hardcover passport holders until 31 December 2021 to swap their passports for a new electronic passport.
An ordinary e-passport will cost US$100 while an emergency or express e-passport will cost US$200. A normal fee of US$20 will be charged for every passport application fee processed at any CBZ Bank Branch Countrywide.
According to statutory instrument SI 273 of 2021:
IT is hereby notified that the Minister has in terms of section 22 of the Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act (Chapter 4:01), made the following regulations:
The Minister hereby notifies that henceforth the Government will cease the issuance of the current type of passports and in place thereof will be issuing electronically readable passports (e-passports) whose charges are as specified in the Schedule.
The current type of passports, issued before the date of operation of these regulations, will cease to be acceptable internationally by 31st December 2023, and will therefore need to be replaced by e-passports in terms of these regulations.
The Citizenship (Passport Fees) Regulations, 2021, published in Statutory Instrument 201 of 2021, are hereby repealed.
The e-passport has more security features in order to protect against identity theft and counterfeiting of travel documents.
Launching the e-passport today in Harare, President Mnangagwa said this development is in line with the government’s vision of a modernising the economy through the application of advanced ICT systems.
Information Secretary Nick Mangwana, hailed the e-passports as a way to guarantee security for Zimbabweans and reduce the country’s passport backlog, currently estimated to be more than 185,000.
"The world is moving to a place where many countries will stop accepting passports which are not machine readable because of the risk of counterfeits in the context of threats from terrorism and organized crime. Zimbabwe is keen for its citizens not to suffer indignity at borders.
"The new system will enable a production of 30 000 passports per day starting next year. The partnership will also produce National IDs, Birth Certificates and other security documents.
"Henceforth Govt will cease production of the passport as we know it and will commence production of e-passports. Those already holding the current one have exactly 2 years (until December 2023) to replace with e-passport. COST: Ordinary passport US$100 Emergency – US$200."